Demolition comes early for Parkes Community Centre

The old Parkes Community Centre is no more.

The demolition of the building, located next to Cooke Park and facing Welcome Street, was due to take place in September.

But Cabonne Constructions - the contractors appointed to carry out the works - had elected to move the demolition forward, taking place this week on Tuesday.

Over the days that have followed, workers have sorted through the building materials, which will be entirely recycled, except for a few pieces of timber.

The building's internal items such as kitchenware, chairs and tables have been donated to Parkes Can Assist, with volunteers heading onto the site ahead of the demolition to collect the items.

The original marble plaque, which commemorates the opening of the centre in 1963, was removed by Parkes Shire Council before Tuesday's demolition and will be reinstated once the new Multipurpose Centre is built in its place.

The works and construction is part of an $8.5 million project that includes revitalisation works in lower Clarinda Street and forms part of the Parkes CBD Vibrancy Strategy.

Council said regular project updates will be made available on Parkes Shire Council's website for anyone interested -